There Are Strange Bedfellows In The Fight In Iraq

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In Iraq today, the country's top Shiite cleric urged the new prime minister to carry out dramatic reforms so the new government can take on Sunni insurgents who have taken over large parts of northern Iraq.

That Sunni group, the Islamic State, or ISIS, is fighting against Kurdish fighters around the city or Irbil. Fighting alongside the Kurdish fighters are people with links to a Turkish group the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, the PKK.

Mitchell Prothero, Iraq bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson from Irbil with more details on the situation.


This segment aired on August 15, 2014.


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